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Old 10-12-2016, 01:52 AM
 
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I once read that Japan was considered one of the safest countries to travel in. Having lived there for over 20 years, I found that easy to believe. The Japanese are notoriously honest and polite.

I also read that Thailand was considered to be extremely safe. I found that to be a little surprising, but the Thais I've met were very nice people, so maybe it's true.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:06 AM
 
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I once read that Japan was considered one of the safest countries to travel in. Having lived there for over 20 years, I found that easy to believe. The Japanese are notoriously honest and polite.
And how many, believing that, vacationed in Japan at the wrong time, in wrong place, and got caught up in that 9.2 Fukishima Earthquake!

An Earthquake can strike, any minute, along the entire Pacific Rim, so how can someone recommend a completely safe vacation in those areas? Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Central America, western edge of South America.

Back in 1986, I missed the 8.0 quake in Santiago by one day! And even if I hadn't been killed by falling rubble, it would have been a heart attack!
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:52 AM
 
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:53 AM
 
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And how many, believing that, vacationed in Japan at the wrong time, in wrong place, and got caught up in that 9.2 Fukishima Earthquake!

An Earthquake can strike, any minute, along the entire Pacific Rim, so how can someone recommend a completely safe vacation in those areas? Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Central America, western edge of South America.

Back in 1986, I missed the 8.0 quake in Santiago by one day! And even if I hadn't been killed by falling rubble, it would have been a heart attack!
That is a different kind of safety.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:06 AM
 
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...is full of pickpockets.

People brought up a point that safety is also not only about man-made dangers, but mother nature. Someone mentioned Iceland - Iceland is safe from crime and human conflict for the most part, but it has active volcanoes, geothermal pools that people fall into, people get injured on the glaciers doing stupid stuff, arctic terns are mean as hell and will peck your eyes out given a chance, and from time to time they have polar bears venture in.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:24 AM
 
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Except for choirboys.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:16 AM
 
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Except for choirboys.
Damn, you beat me to it...


Low hanging fruit.
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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Safety isn't guaranteed no matter what. You can be violently attacked in your own home. It happens every day. Travel where you like. Be aware of your surroundings and the laws of the country. You only live once. Enjoy it!
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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And how many, believing that, vacationed in Japan at the wrong time, in wrong place, and got caught up in that 9.2 Fukishima Earthquake!
The statistical probability of being caught in an earthquake is infinitesimally low. This is the problem - people just cannot grasp the concept of statistics. How many people travel to Japan every day? Multiply that by 365. Them multiply that by the number of years between earthquakes. I don't know what this number is but I bet it would be in decades, at least. How many were caught up in the Fukushima earthquake? A tiny, tiny proportion of that.
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Old 10-14-2016, 01:15 PM
 
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For the safest of safest places to travel to, stay away from any countries aligned with Israel, including the U.S.

South/Central America, you can't go wrong traveling there.
Well except any and all stats on crime throwing this opinion into the dumpster.
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